Journal of molecular graphics & modelling

The origin of the unusual broad and intense visible absorption of tetrathiafulvalene-annulated zinc porphyrazine: a density functional theory study.

PMID 22138014


The vertical excitation energies of tetrathiafulvalene (TTF)-annulated zinc porphyrazine (ZnPzTTF) were investigated using time-dependent density functional theory (TDDFT) calculations and compared to the experimental UV-vis spectra. To examine the effects of the aza substitutions and TTF groups on the molecular properties, zinc complexes of porphyrin (ZnP), porphyrazine (ZnPz) and tetraTTF-annulated porphyrin (ZnPTTF) were also selected for comparison. It was shown that numerous electronic transitions with TTF-to-porphyrin or porphyrazine charge transfer character exist and the Q band of ZnPzTTF is dominated by TTF-to-porphyrazine charge transfer transition mixed with porphyrazine core unit itself except for classic porphyrazine π→π* transitions. The Q band of ZnPzTTF mixes with other configurations, which breaks down the Gouterman's classic four-orbital model for the spectral interpretation. The data suggest that TDDFT/SAOP performs best for Q and B bands of ZnPzTTF with the maximum error in excitation energy being 0.17 eV. The CAM-B3LYP, ωB97XD and M06-2X calculations qualitatively predict that the low-lying electronic transitions of ZnPzTTF with TTF-to-porphyrazine charge transfer character located below the Q band. The broad and intense red-shifted Q band suggests that ZnPzTTF can be a candidate for dye-sensitized solar cells.